Fasth (groin) expected to resume practicing on Sunday.
Fasth has been out since October 14th because of a groin injury. With Fasth out, the Oilers have been relying heavily on Ben Scrivens. Groin injuries are tricky when it comes to goalies, but a return to the ice on Sunday would be a step in the right direction.
Scrivens stopped 32 of 34 shots in a 3-2 victory over the Capitals on Wednesday. Scrivens stole this one for the Oilers and has now won two in a row after losing his first three starts. He draws a great matchup tonight against Carolina--the only team in the NHL who still don't have a win.
Scrivens allowed two goals on 24 shots in the Oilers 3-2 win over the Lightning on Monday. It was Scrivens' and Edmonton's first W of the season and they will look to make it back-to-back wins tonight vs. the 3-0-2 Capitals.
Fasth's groin injury is not as serious as the Oilers originally thought.
The Oilers never gave a timetable for Fasth's return, but he was on the ice this morning and won't miss as much time as the Oilers thought he would. For the time being, Ben Scrivens will continue to start with Richard Bachman as his back-up, but Fasth does not appear far off.
Scrivens will make his third straight start on Monday.
Scrivens stopped 28 of 29 shots in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Canucks. Finally Scrivens had a decent night, but the Oilers still could not break into the win column. Scrivens has a 4.10 GAA and .848 SV% in four appearances this season. You would be wise to avoid this matchup---the Lightning are tied for third in the NHL in scoring (3.40 Goals per Game).
Scrivens allowed six goals on 29 shots after replacing Viktor Fasth in the Oilers loss to the Coyotes on Wednesday. He has been dreadful in three outings this season; the Oilers lost all three while he posted a 5.21 GAA and .800 SV%. He might turn it around at some point, but he cannot be trusted in your fantasy lineup right now. He lobbied to play tonight by telling coach Eakins "I'm going to win that game." We'll see.
Fasth will have an MRI on his injured groin on Friday.
Fasth was placed on IR on Wednesday after suffering a groin injury in Tuesday's game. The MRI will reveal how serious his groin injury is and go a long way in determining a timetable for his return. A groin injury is tough for goalies to deal with so expect him to miss some time.
Nugent-Hopkins (undisclosed) will play on Friday vs. Vancouver.
Nugent-Hopkins missed the last two games, but will be back in the lineup tonight vs. the Canucks. The first line rushes he took were with Nail Yakupov and Teddy Purcell, but then he was reportedly between Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall at the end of practice, so expect him to be in his usual spot on the top-line. He has one assist in two games.
Scrivens first goalie off of the ice at Oilers morning skate.
Scrivens allowed six goals on 29 shots in the Oilers loss to the Coyotes on Wednesday. He has been dreadful in three starts this season, losing all three starts with a 5.21 GAA and .800 SV%. He might turn it around at some point, but he cannot be trusted in your fantasy lineup right now.
Nugent-Hopkins (undisclosed) appears ready to return to the Oilers lineup.
Nugent-Hopkins is on the ice for the Oilers morning skate and is participating in line rushes, which suggests he will return to the lineup tonight after missing the last two games. RNH is skating on the third line with Nail Yakupov and Teddy Purcell. Monitor his status following the morning skate.
The Oilers have sent Darnell Nurse back to the OHL.
Nurse had no points with a minus-2 rating and two shots in his first two NHL games. The 19-year-old will get one more year of junior and have a chance to stick with the Oilers full-time next season. He had 13 goals with 37 assists (50 points) in 64 games with Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) last season.
Petry will be back on the Oilers blueline on Wednesday.
Petry was a healthy scratch in the Oilers loss to the Kings last night, but he will be back in the lineup vs. Arizona tonight. Brad Hunt will come out of the lineup to make room for Petry. Getting scratched last night was a surprise, so this move is not shocking at all.
Nugent-Hopkins (undisclosed) is skating this afternoon; but will not play tonight.
Nugent-Hopkins skated on Tuesday but missed yesterday's game against the Kings and will not play tonight vs. the Coyotes. However, it is a positive sign that he has skated two days in a row, so consider him day-to-day.
Eberle (undisclosed) is a game-time decision tonight.
Eberle did not skate for the last two days and missed Tuesday's game against the Kings, but skating prior to tonight's game at least leaves hope that he might play. Monitor his status during pre-game warmups.